Snow Block

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This article is about the full block. For the thin layer, see Snow.
Snow Block
Snow Block JE2 BE2.png



Yes (64)


Blast resistance










Catches fire from lava


A snow block[a] is a full-sized block of snow.



If mined with a Silk Touch enchanted shovel, snow blocks drop themselves; without the enchantment, snowballs are dropped instead.

Block Snow Block
Hardness 0.2
Breaking time[note 1]
Default 1
Wooden 0.25
Stone 0.25
Iron 0.05
Diamond 0.05
Netherite 0.05
Golden 0.05
  1. Times are for unenchanted tools as wielded by players with no status effects, measured in seconds. For more information, see Breaking § Speed.

Unlike snow layers, snow blocks do not melt from higher levels of light under normal circumstances, nor get destroyed by water.

Natural generation[edit]

Snow blocks generate on the ground in the ice spikes and frozen ocean biomes, and they form the walls of igloos and some snowy tundra village houses.

Chest loot[edit]

Item Structure Container Quantity Chance
Java Edition
Snow Block Village Snowy house chest 1 34.5%
Bedrock Edition
Snow Block Village Snowy house chest 1 34.5%


Ingredients Crafting recipe


Snow Golems[edit]

Snow Golem build configuration

Snow blocks are also used to make snow golems by putting 2 snow blocks on top of another and a carved pumpkin or jack o'lantern on the top as the head. Note that the carved pumpkin has to be placed last for this to work. This can be done sideways and upside-down, as well.

Crafting ingredient[edit]

Name Ingredients Crafting recipe
Snow Snow Block


Java Edition:

SoundSubtitleSourceDescriptionNamespaced IDTranslation keyVolumePitchAttenuation
Block brokenBlocksBreaking the blockblock.snow.breaksubtitles.block.generic.break1.00.816
None[sound 1]BlocksFalling on the block with fall damageblock.snow.fallNone[sound 1]0.50.7516
Block breakingBlocksMining the blockblock.snow.hitsubtitles.block.generic.hit0.250.516
Block placedBlocksPlacing the blockblock.snow.placesubtitles.block.generic.place1.00.816
FootstepsBlocksWalking on the blockblock.snow.stepsubtitles.block.generic.footsteps0.151.016
  1. a b MC-177082

Bedrock Edition: [needs in-game testing]

SoundDescriptionNamespaced IDVolumePitch
?Breaking the blockdig.snow?0.8
?Falling on the block with fall damagefall.snow??
?Mining the blockhit.snow?0.5
?Jumping from the blockjump.snow??
?Falling on the block without fall damageland.snow??
?Walking on the blockstep.snow??
?Placing the blockuse.snow?0.8

Data values[edit]


Java Edition:

NameNamespaced IDTranslation key
Snow Blocksnow_block block.minecraft.snow_block

Bedrock Edition:

NameNamespaced IDNumeric ID Translation key


Java Edition Alpha
v1.0.5Snow Block JE1 BE1.png Added snow blocks.
v1.0.5_01A shovel is now required to obtain snowballs from snow.
Snow blocks on top of top snow cover no longer look unusual.
v1.0.6Snow blocks now require only 4 snowballs to craft instead of 9.
Destroying snow blocks now yields 4-6 snowballs, allowing for infinite amounts of snow blocks and snowballs as snow blocks require only 4 snowballs to make.
v1.1.1The infinite snowball glitch has now been fixed; solid snow blocks now drop only four snowballs.
Java Edition Beta
1.8Pre-releaseSnow no longer generates in cold biomes.
Java Edition
?Snow now generates in cold biomes again.
1.4.212w38aSnow has now been given a new block breaking sound.
1.513w05aA crafting recipe for snow cover has now been added.
1.915w43aSnow blocks now generate as part of igloos.
1.1217w15aSnow can now be placed correctly on upside-down stairs.
1.1317w47a"Snow" has now been renamed to "Snow Block".
The ID of snow blocks has now been changed from snow to snow_block.
Prior to The Flattening, this block's numeral ID was 80.
1.1418w43aSnow Block JE2 BE2.png The texture of snow blocks has now been changed.
Pocket Edition Alpha
0.1.0Snow Block JE1 BE1.png Added snow blocks.
0.9.0build 1Snow blocks now generate naturally in ice spike biomes.
0.12.1build 1Snow is now renewable.
Snow can now be used to create golems.
Pocket Edition
1.0.0alpha blocks now generate as part of igloos.
Bedrock Edition
1.4.0beta blocks now generate naturally in icebergs.
1.10.0beta Block JE2 BE2.png The texture of snow blocks has now been changed.
Snow blocks now generate in snowy tundra villages.
1.11.0beta blocks can now be found in snowy tundra village house chests.
Legacy Console Edition
TU1CU1 1.0 Patch 1Snow Block JE1 BE1.png Added snow blocks.
1.90 Snow Block JE2 BE2.png The texture of snow blocks has now been changed.


Issues relating to "Snow Block" are maintained on the bug tracker. Report issues there.


  • Snow may still fall on top of snow blocks, making them look taller than they actually are.
  • When a snow block is on grass, the grass block changes to a different "snowy" texture as if a snow layer is on it. However, because snow is not transparent to light, the grass changes to dirt shortly after.


See also[edit]


  1. Known as Snow Block in Java Edition and Snow in Bedrock Edition.